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New series of duplex tanks helps Sensus expand
GPI Tanks XL

New series of duplex tanks helps Sensus expand

‘Gpi is a reliable business with friendly, customer-minded staff with a great deal of in-house know-how. I wouldn’t think twice about working on a new project with them.”

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Sensus produces inuline and oligofructose from chicory root. These innovative ingredients are prebiotic fibres used to replace sugar or fat. In order to realise the company’s growth ambitions and to raise production levels, Sensus identified a need for new systems, including new stainless steel storage tanks.

Hamid Ayache, project manager at Sensus, was involved throughout the project. He explains the company’s reasoning behind the request: “In order to achieve the desired growth, it was vital we were able to increase production. This meant we needed more storage capacity. To do this new stainless steel tanks were necessary. Sensus was already familiar with Gpi and we invited them for exploratory talks on site.” After a positive initial phase, Gpi Tanks XL was given the order for the construction of duplex stainless steels tanks for Sensus.

About the tanks and their use
The order placed by Sensus with Gpi involved a series of storage tanks for the production of FOS, or fructo-oligosaccharides. After storage in the tanks, the product is bleached and pasteurised. Because the product has to stay clean and cool, it is filtered and refrigerated. For that reason, the tanks are fully insulated with Kaiflex. The tanks were manufactured from high-quality, durable stainless steel duplex 1.4162. The building standard used was SEP, based on NEN-EN 14015 guidelines.

The collaboration
Hamid is positive about his experiences with Gpi: “They are a reliable partner and as long as the complete package fits the bill, I wouldn’t think twice about working with them next time. Communication with Gpi has always been positive. You only get to know your suppliers properly when a problem occurs. We had an issue with the first three tanks. Gpi showed up within two hours and solved the problem there and then. It was, as agreed, satisfactorily resolved. It’s good to know that there are people doing all they can to solve problems like this.”

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